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Alhababi Law Firm
WEST BAY, PALM TOWER B, 28TH FLOOR
OFFICE 3, DOHA
Qatar

Alhababi Law firm was founded by Khalid Alhababi, who used to be among the first Qatari legal counselors to join the legal department of Ras Gas, which later merged with Qatar Gas. After extensive experience at Ras Gas, Khalid Alhababi established this law firm with the vision of creating a Qatari law firm applying international standards both in the quality of legal services and client care. The firm’s mission is to distinguish its services with quality, professional communication, and value!

With this determination for excellence, Alhababi is privileged to have top lawyers and staff who have vast experience and excellent qualifications. The team at Alhababi Law Firm speak Arabic, English, French, and Italian! Alhababi cooperates with a unique network of of-counsels and international law firms.

What are we best at?
Corporate transactions: Our lawyers provide clients with sophisticated legal services that meet the needs of SMEs and large corporations. Our services cover the broad spectrum of corporate transactions including forming companies, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, distributorships, sales agencies and dealerships, purchase orders, supply contracts, local and international sales of goods, intellectual property registration and licensing agreements, government contracting, and other forms of business transactions.

Litigation and trail practice: Our lawyers have extensive court and trail practice in the Qatari courts and have tried cases include litigation issues of contractual and commercial disputes. Alhababi handles litigation and trail practice matters including civil appeals, commercial and business litigation, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, contract disputes, employment law claims, partnership and corporate dissolutions, real estate litigation, and other commercial and civil law disputes.

Arbitration: Our lawyers provide services in all aspects of arbitration including drafting arbitration clauses, the type, and seat of arbitration, the formation of the tribunal, arbitral procedure, and most importantly enforcement of arbitration awards in Qatar. International arbitration is usually conducted under the auspices of major arbitral institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Construction: Alhababi provides high-quality legal services to construction professionals for all stages of the construction process: corporate formation, certification, bids, contract negotiation, impact and delay claim analysis, and dispute resolution including arbitration. Construction disputes vary from disputes over cost and duration of the project, the quality of the work, and responsibility for injuries or damages suffered during the project. We provide our legal services to project owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, material suppliers, banks, and insurance companies.

Finance: Our lawyers have experience in the main practice areas of finance including banking, project finance, capital markets, and dispute resolution. Our finance practice covers the representation of financial organizations in lending transactions to borrowers, fiduciary activities, payment systems, risk management, and litigation. The firm provides legal consultation on finance for corporations, governmental organizations, and banks.

Insurance: Our firm provides quality representation and personal service for both insurers and policyholders. Insurance counseling covers a wide array of issues ranging from assessments of coverage for losses, formulating a favorable policy language, and representation in coverage disputes. However, our insurance law services are limited to Insurance Law (Takaful).

Import and export: Our multilingual lawyers specialize in international commerce and customs and offer a unique set of skills to support companies involved in import and export. We support our international commerce clients in their dealings with the relevant government organizations; most importantly Qatar General Authority of Customs, as well as Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology. Alhababi support clients mainly with import/export audits, compliance procedure, trade analysis, penalty mitigation, and litigation.

Hospitality: Alhababi specialized lawyers in hospitality law support clients in the hotel, resort, restaurant, and travel industries. Our lawyers provide advice to owners, operators, developers, services providers, lenders, and investors. Our hospitality practice covers development, acquisition, and disposition, branding and, licensing, joint venture and partnership agreements, and dispute resolutions.

Real estate: Our real estate practice involves the representation of buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of various kinds of real estate including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, industrial properties, and residential properties. We serve our clients as well in the negotiation and preparation of development and construction agreements. The real estate practice covers the negotiation and development of lease contracts as well. Litigation in the real estate involves the representation of real estate owners, buyers, developers, and lenders in contract disputes.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Khalid Alhababikhalid@alhababi.qa
Managing Partner Dr. Hassan Abdelrahim Okourhassan@alhababi.qa
Director of Client Care Ionela Costeaclient.care@alhababi.qa
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 Khalid Alhababi  photo Khalid AlhababiManaging Partner
 Mohamed Zied Boussetta  photo Mohamed Zied BoussettaSenior Associate
 Hassan Okour  photo Hassan OkourHead of Office
 Mohammad Mufid Qurashi  photo Mohammad Mufid QurashiOf-Counsel
 Ali Rafayah  photo Ali RafayahSenior Associate
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Alhababi lawyers and staff are committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace and delivering exceptional value to our clients through the application of international best practices in legal services.

We remain loyal to recruiting, training, developing, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys and staff from diverse background, to satisfy the need of a multicultural and diverse business market.

Our firm strives to create an environment of teamwork and partnerships, developing programs to support diversity, ensure equal rights to advancement.

For us diversity extends from visible differences to one of the strongest core values of our firm. More so it is a sense of belonging to a community, the first step into achieving one’s full potential.

The result of creating and developing a diverse team in a healthy environment based on respect and acceptance, is the unity and enthusiasm for serving our clients. We strongly believe that our inclusive work environment is crucial to both client goals, as well as the staff personal satisfaction.

QATAR

CLIENT-DRIVEN!

SUPPORTING OUR CLIENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL!

ABOUT US

Alhababi Law firm was founded by Khalid Alhababi, who used to be among the first

Qatari legal counselors to join the legal department of Ras Gas, which later merged with Qatar Gas. After extensive experience at Ras Gas, Khalid Alhababi established this law firm with the vision of creating a Qatari law firm applying international standards both in the quality of legal services and client relationship.

With this determination for excellence, Alhababi has been privileged to have top lawyers and staff with vast experiences and high qualifications. The team at Alhababi Law Firm speaks Arabic, English, French, and Italian! Alhababi cooperates with a unique network of of-counsels and international law firms.

VISION

To be a Client-Driven law firm recognized by its prime quality legal services supporting clients accomplish their objectives.

MISSION

To be committed to delivering exceptional value to our clients through the application of international best practices in legal services. Our highly capable and qualified lawyers are dedicated to providing our clients with innovative solutions to the challenges and conflicts that may face in their business operations. Our Client Care team is devoted to the satisfaction of our clients through the assurance of quality services and the utmost professional communications.

CORE VALUES

CLIENT-DRIVEN

Every client is vital; we are committed to appreciate our clients’ needs and challenges to support them in reaching their objectives.

EXCELLENCE

To be meticulous in our attention to details and to relentlessly pursue the delivery of outstanding services!

INTEGRITY

To be honest, trustworthy, respectful and ethical in our solid commitment to our clients!

LEADERSHIP

Khalid Alhababi

Khalid Alhababi established Alhababi Law Firm in 2016 with the vision to be among the top law firms in Qatar. After graduation from Qatar University College of Law, he started his career as a legal counselor at Ras Gas. During his practice at Ras Gas, he concluded a program at Bournemouth Business School

International in the United Kingdom, he was fortunate as well to be an intern at White & Case in New York and London.

Khalid Alhababi has a distinguished experience in litigation and local arbitration in all commercial and civil law cases and he provides legal consultations in all business law areas.

Dr. Hassan Okour

Dr. Hassan Okour has joined Qatar University in Fall of 2009 until Spring 2019 and held the position of the Dean of the College of Law for the term Spring 2010Spring 2014.

Before joining Qatar University, Dr. Okour was a professor at German Jordanian University, and taught as well at Princess Sumaya University of Technology.  In addition, Dr. Okour has been a member of the Jordanian Bar as a practicing lawyer since 1999. Dr. Okour held the position of the Regional Manager at Talal Abu Ghazaleh Legal in 2008.

Dr. Okour holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Jordan, an LLM (Master of Laws) and an SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) from Southern Methodist University in Texas, USA. The most important courses taught by Dr. Okour were:

Corporate Law, Finance Law, International Business Law, Anglo-American Legal

System, Oil and Gas Law, Electronic Commerce Law, Business Ethics, and

Business Law. Dr. Okour’s areas of expertise are in Corporate Law, Finance Law, Technology Law, Construction Law, Energy Law and Policy, and International Business Transactions.

Ionela Costea

Ionela graduated from Business Management, Icon Training Centre with a degree in Business Management.

Ionela has gained an extensive experience over ten years of business management, sales, and marketing of private businesses in Cyprus and Qatar. She continued her career at SSP which is a leading global food & beverage company in the travel market, where she managed and developed plans and strategies for the key accounts of the international sales. Building on her well-established career in business management, Ionela is currently leading the Client Care team at Alhababi Law Firm in Qatar, which is one of the top law firms in the country serving key national and international clients.

OUR SERVICES

Corporate Transactions

Our lawyers provide clients with sophisticated legal services that meet the needs of SMEs and large corporations. Our services cover the broad spectrum of corporate transactions including forming companies, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, distributorships, sales agencies and dealerships, purchase orders, supply contracts, local and international sales of goods, intellectual property registration and licensing agreements, government contracting, and other forms of business transactions.

Litigation and Trail Practice

Our lawyers have extensive court and trail practice in the Qatari courts and have tried cases include litigation issues of contractual and commercial disputes. Alhababi handles litigation and trail practice matters including civil appeals, commercial and business litigation, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, contract disputes, employment law claims, partnership and corporate dissolutions, real estate litigation, and other commercial and civil law disputes.

Arbitration  

Our lawyers provide services on all aspects of the arbitration including drafting arbitration clauses, the type, and seat of arbitration, the formation of the tribunal, arbitral procedure, and most importantly enforcement of arbitration awards in Qatar. International arbitration is usually conducted under the auspices of major arbitral institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Construction Law

Alhababi provides high-quality legal services to construction professionals for all stages of the construction process: corporate formation, certification, bids, contract negotiation, impact and delay claim analysis, and dispute resolution including arbitration. Construction disputes vary from disputes over cost and duration of the project, the quality of the work, and responsibility for injuries or damages suffered during the project. We provide our legal services to project owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, material suppliers, banks, and insurance companies.

Finance Law

Our lawyers have experience in the main practice areas of finance including banking, project finance, capital markets, and dispute resolution. Our finance practice covers the representation of financial organizations in lending transactions to borrowers, fiduciary activities, payment systems, risk management, and litigation. The firm provides legal consultation on finance for corporations, governmental organizations, and banks.

Insurance Law

Our firm provides quality representation and personal service for both insurers and policyholders. Insurance counseling covers a wide array of issues ranging from assessments of coverage for losses, formulating a favorable policy language, and representation in coverage disputes. However, our insurance law services are limited to Insurance Law (Takaful).

Import and Export

Our multilingual lawyers specialized in international commerce and customs offer a unique set of skills to support companies involved in import and export. We support our international commerce clients in their dealings with the relevant government organizations; most importantly Qatar General Authority of Customs, as well as Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology.  Alhababi support clients mainly with import/export audits, compliance procedure, trade analysis, penalty mitigation, and litigation.            

Hospitality Law

Alhababi specialized lawyers in hospitality law supports clients in the hotel, resort, restaurant, and travel industries. Our lawyers provide advice to owners, operators, developers, services providers, lenders, and investors. Our hospitality practice covers development, acquisition, and disposition, branding, licensing, joint venter and partnership agreements, and dispute resolutions.

Real Estate Law

Our real estate practice involves the representation of buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of the various kinds of real estate including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, industrial properties, and residential properties. We serve our clients as well in the negotiation and preparation of development and construction agreements. The real estate practice covers the negotiation and development of lease contracts as well. Litigation in real estate involves the representation of real estate owners, buyers, developers, and lenders in contract disputes.

Sub-contractor’s regulations in the scope of Qatari legislations

It is well known that the legislations main objective is to regulate the relations between different parties and to ascertain obligations and rights that fall on and to different parties.

Rejecting a photocopy of an original document in the scope of Qatari Legislations.

The Qatari legislator mentioned the term “rejection” in article (374-Repeated-subarticle (1)) from the civil and commercial procedure law -2019 amendments, while the legislator mentioned the word explicitly, a definition of the word “rejection” was not illustrated, referring to various dictionaries, the word rejection means the act of not accepting, believing or considering something.

Public-Private Partnership, A Step Towards A Brighter Future of Qatar’s Economy.

Introduction:

The phrase Public-Private Partnership goes back to the 1970s, some scholars even argue that the phenomenon of PPP goes much further back into history. However, PPP constructs a huge and an essential commercial activity in today’s world economies, a reality that legislators must establish regulatory provisions for; consequently, the Qatari legislator addressed the matter of PPP in Law number (12) of the year 2020 organising the partnership between public and private sector, an overview of PPPs and the aforementioned law will be introduced in this article.

Penalty clause in contracts

In order to maintain the contractual relations stability, what happens usually is that both parties of a contract agree on setting a penalty clause that applies in the case if one contracting party breached the agreement or didn’t commit to its contractual obligations, the reasons Behind setting and drafting such clause is for the contractors to guarantee that the opposite party will commit to its obligations, as this commitment is not always guaranteed, laws and regulations allowed the parties of a contract to agree on the compensation amount one party deserves in the case of a contractual breach, jurisprudence and courts call this amount the penalty clause or the contractual compensation. In this article, the legal nature of the penalty clause will be briefly discussed in addition to the clarification of the judge’s ability to interfere in modifying the penalty clause and its drawbacks on any contract’s parties. Arabic laws adopted the idea of the penalty clause in its provisions, influenced by western laws in general and by French law in particular, the Qatari Civil Code did not define the penal clause, but merely mentioned its provisions, as the Qatari legislator stipulated in Article (265) of the Civil Code that : “If the subject of the obligation is not a sum of money, the contracting parties may estimate in advance the value of compensation in the contract or in a subsequent agreement .”

LLCs Managers liability in Qatar, a thin line between protection and infraction.

Introduction:

The Economy of Qatar is considered one of the most powerful and competitive economies in the Middle East and specifically in the gulf region; therefore, robust commercial legislations and rulings are classified as an essential contributor in sustaining the country’s economic growth. On the 6th of August 2015, Commercial Companies Law (CCL, hereinafter) Number 11 took effect, the CCL organizes the formation, administration and dissolution of business affairs. However, this article shall only focus on the LLC manager’s liabilities considering that the LLC is the most common form of company in the state of Qatar. In addition to the importance of the updated provisions governing the liability of managers.

Working in Qatar, attractive legal reforms in an attractive economy.

Introduction:

The fast-growing economy of Qatar is among the best in the region in addition to the country’s rapid infrastructure development, Qatar has imposed new provisions to its labour law consolidated legislations, such reforms were essential to maintain the pace of growth and to assist the country into reaching to the Qatar 2030 vision “ transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development”, the government of Qatar explicitly states that it is committed to reforming Qatar’s labour laws and practices, a statement that has been strengthened with a variety of actions that will lead eventually to a system that is best fit for purpose for both employees and employers. This article will shed the light on various reforms regarding labour regulations that took effect in the past years in the state of Qatar.

Important things to know before going into Arbitration.

Introduction:

More people are relying on arbitration each day, as it is being advertised as the better alternative for litigation, wether we agree with this notion or not, the fact that the number of arbitral proceedings is increasing is proven and known in the legal-commercial field.

Extraordinary clauses in extraordinary times, COVID-19 Ex necessitate rei.

Introduction:

We have all encountered COVID-19 various implications; lock downs, social distancing, virtual meetings and economic-financial related drawbacks, such measurements and implications were the starting point of what is called the new normal , a normal were we are forced to take certain measures and procedures to keep ourselves safe, the word safe is an umbrella word that contain many aspects within, in this article, the writer will focus on the implications of the pandemic on commercial agreements and the new normal measurements highlighting the need for a more detailed clauses to be added and drafted in today’s world agreements and contracts in the scope of Qatari legislations.

Engineer’s Role

To execute any certain construction project, three parties are required: the employer, the contractor, and the engineer. The employer's relation with the contractor is based on the contracting agreement, whereas the employer's relationship with the engineer is based on another separate contract, following his appointment under the contract, the engineer shall offer the essential services in planning, design, and implementation on behalf of the employer in order to optimize the contractor's work in the practical implementation of the contracted project.

Arbitration in Qatar, when and why?

Introduction:

According to the American Bar Association arbitration “is a private process where disputing parties agree that one or several individuals can make a decision about the dispute after receiving evidence and hearing arguments.” A simple definition that is easy to understand by people not immersed in the commercial-legal field. In Qatar, Arbitration has grown significantly in recent years, both among domestic and foreign parties, the number of arbitration procedures held in Qatar is increasing, with many of them being international in the sense that at least one party is headquartered outside of Qatar.

International graduates of SMU Dedman School of Law have made an impact all over the world.

Our international alumni network includes more than 2000 graduates in more than 80 countries. These professionals can be found at the highest levels of government, legal practice, and business.